The market for free-agent pitcher
Halladay struggled through the one of the worst seasons of his career in 2013, making only 13 starts and going 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:36 K:BB ratio in 62 innings. His fastball averaged a career-low 88.8 mph, according to Fangraphs, marking his second straight season of significant lost velocity.
Buck hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 392 at-bats between the Mets and Pirates last season.
Espinosa stuggled considerably at the plate last season, hitting just .158/.193/.272 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 158 at-bats. He led the National League in strikeouts in 2012 and hasn't shown any improvement at the plate since, according to one evaluator.
"He has that long upper-cut swing," the talent evaluator told MLB.com. "He has to shorten his swing in order to make more contact. He has to realize that the pitchers can tell what his weaknesses are. They don't have to throw him a strike to get him out. He doesn't make consistent contact. He has to realize that the pitchers have made an adjustment and he has to make an adjustment. He has made no adjustments since he has been in the big leagues."
Espinosa faces an uphill battle to crack the Nationals' 25-man roster.
The White Sox are balking at surrendering five years of team control of Quintana for just one season of Headley, who is scheduled to reach free agency after the 2014 season. White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago was also floated in trade talks but the Padres were more interested in Quintana.
Flaherty hit .224/.293/.390 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 246 at-bats last season. The team could also opt to use recent acquisition Jemile Weeks at the position.
Headley has been the subject of trade rumors for over a year and will become a free agent after the 2014 season if he and the Padres cannot work out a contract extension. The team will continue to listen to trade proposals moving forward, but do not expect to get a deal done with Headley coming off a disappointing season.
O'Flaherty posted quality stats in five seasons with the Braves, going 13-7 with a 1.99 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 199:81 K:BB ratio in 249 1/3 innings.
Dave Stewart, the agent for
"I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen," Stewart said.
The Dodgers have four potential starters in the outfield, which could lead to a trade of Kemp or teammate Andre Ethier. Kemp hit .270/.328/.395 with six home runs, 33 RBI and nine stolen bases in 263 at-bats last season.
Five teams have reportedly contacted the Mets about Davis this offseason, and they'll continue to shop him this week during the meetings. He hit .205/.326/.334 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 317 at-bats last season after hitting 32 home runs the previous year.
The Orioles, who were also linked to Raul Ibanez and Andre Ethier Sunday, are also looking for a designated hitter and closer while also having interest in acquiring a starting pitcher. Heyman reports they do not have an unlimited budget with which to work.